Tech News Century https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk Tech News For All Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:09:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i2.wp.com/TechNewsCentury.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-TNC-Header.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Tech News Century https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk 32 32 162582986 Review of the Sennheiser HD 450 BT headphones https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/review-of-the-sennheiser-hd-450-bt-headphones https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/review-of-the-sennheiser-hd-450-bt-headphones#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:09:35 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4054 If you’re looking for an upgrade to the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s are another fabulous headphones to hit the market, these headphones are another great alternative from the Sony WH 1000XM3’s or the Bose 700 headphones, which are some of the top headphones in the market.

With the headphones, decent price range, the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s will deliver you the sound performance and the high-quality bass needed for better music and multimedia immersions.

These Sennheiser headphones are new to hit the market, so before investing in the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s, let’s dive into its design, features, and performance.

 

Headphone Design

The design looks aesthetically pleasing, you’ll be able to get these headphones from either black or white.

Also, the headphones are pretty durable, with a beautiful, high-quality plastic finish to the overall headphone design. Making the headphones look elegant and very beautiful, which you can admire from a distance.

And if you’re looking for very light headphones, then the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s are it. They weigh approximately around 240 grams and is very lightweight compared to the Sony WH-1000XM3’s and the Bose 700 headphones.

With the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s weighing at 240 grams, they are very lightweight; you’ll be able to wear these for prolong hours of use with comfort.

After you’re done using the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s, you’ll be able to easily fold the headphones in place, and store the headphones in the impressive-looking pouch, which is also included with the headphones.

Wearability and Comfort

In terms of wearability, the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s were very comfortable during hours of use and didn’t feel any discomfort in the facial, nor the head region. The earpads are pretty comfortable, however, the ears tend to build up a bit of sweat and heat; the pads are not the best of quality; however, they were pretty decent.

There is no auto-pause of an auto-off button when you fold the ear cups to put away, however, this shouldn’t be a significant issue, you can push the power on and off button in this case.

Buttons

Located on the right side of the ear cup, you’ll be able to find the buttons which consist of Google’s Voice Assistance, track/music controller, Bluetooth, active noise cancelling, and power on and off switch. When testing out the buttons, they feel intuitive to control and is easy to configure. The convenience of the buttons is excellent if you’re ever exercising, or if you’re busy, you can intuitively control the buttons quickly, and you’re set.

Battery Life

You’ll be able to use the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s for 30 hours at most, which is great if you’re travelling on long trips or if you’re always on the road.

You’ll be able to charge the headphones through using USB-C ports, which are fantastic for fast charging as well. incase if the headphones’ batteries are out, you can use the wire that it comes with, and you’ll be able to listen to the headphones without any issues.

BlueTooth 5.0

The Bluetooth feature works excellent and crisp, without any lag. However, there was a bit a lag synch delays; however, it wasn’t noticeable significant. It also uses AAC and AptX for its codec, making the sounds extra clean and crisp while using Bluetooth.

Features and Performance

Active Noise Canceling Feature

The active noise cancelling was great and on point. You can activate the ANC by pushing the button located on the right side of the ear cup.

The headphones use the NoiseGard feature, which reduces ambient and outside noises significantly for better sound immersion. But when testing the headphones when ANC was on, the majority of the outside noise was suppressed, including loud voices.

Compared to the ANC to the Sony WH 1000XM3’s and the Bose 700 headphones, the ANC performed decently well. But the top headphones had a significant advantage here.

However, with a reasonable price range, you’ll get some decent ANC with the Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s.

Sound App

The Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s do come with a sound app that you can use in your mobile devices with ease and is very user-friendly as well. The app lets you control the sound configurations and sound profiles that you can select when listening to certain media or listening to your favourite tunes, which is very easy and convenient to control.

Sound Performance

The sound performance was on point and sounded crisp and have sound clarity With bass, the bass was felt, and the headphones provided excellent bass performance while listening to EDM and pop music. The bass will give you a more immersive experience with your favourite tunes and jams.

The Pros

• Sound performance and bass performed great
• Lightweight headphones, which is excellent for prolong uses
• 30 hours of battery
• ANC was on point and block out the majority of the outside noises for better immersion

The Cons

Headphones need more choices of colours

Conclusion

The Sennheiser HD 450 BT’s are decent and have a great price range if you’re rolling on a budget. Compared to the top brands, the Sennheiser HD 450 BT performed great, when it came down to the sound performance and wearability. Overall, if you’re looking for fabulous performing headphones but are a bit tight on the cash, then the Sennheiser HD 450 BT would be your best bet, for the price of £159 from Amazon UK, and Sennheiser themself.

TNC Star Rating

of 4.2/5

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Vodafone UK launches 5G for Pay As You Go https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/vodafone-uk-launches-5g-for-pay-as-you-go https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/vodafone-uk-launches-5g-for-pay-as-you-go#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:08:22 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4065 Vodafone has launched 5G and unlimited data to all Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers. The new offering is perfect for customers who want the flexibility of a contract-free SIM, or for people travelling to the UK who want to benefit from speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G. Those who want to take advantage of 5G can enjoy benefits such as downloading music, streaming movies and mobile gaming faster than ever before, with no lag or dropout.

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Vodafone offers 5G at no additional cost and customers can enjoy unlimited data and access to 5G in more places across the UK and Europe than any other operator. Vodafone is the only UK network to offer 5G roaming – meaning PAYG customers who already have a 5G smartphone can now take advantage of this exclusive offering.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery said: “We want to enable our customers to do what they want when they want – our Unlimited plans do just that. Launching a contract-free 5G Unlimited plan will give more people the opportunity to experience the next generation of speed and connectivity without being committed to a contract – giving them the power to be as flexible as they want.”

To take advantage of Vodafone’s 5G network, customers will need a 5G plan and 5G handset. PAYG customers have the choice of three top-of-the-range 5G handsets – Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Huawei Mate 20X and Samsung Galaxy S10. PAYG customers who want 5G will get unlimited data, as well as speeds as fast as their phone allows with an introductory £40 Big Value Bundle worth £50.

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Three celebrates 5G mobile roll out with showcase at London Fashion Week https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/three-celebrates-5g-mobile-roll-out-with-showcase-at-london-fashion-week https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/three-celebrates-5g-mobile-roll-out-with-showcase-at-london-fashion-week#respond Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:57:00 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4028 Today (Friday 14th February), Three continues its 5G rollout which sees its 5G mobile available in locations across the UK including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Nottingham from the end of this month.

With its 5G service now fully supported by its world-first 5G cloud core, Three will be showcasing its 5G superiority at London Fashion Week, providing a stunning glimpse into how 5G can transform the traditional fashion show. Three has partnered with Central Saint Martins to create a fully-immerse 5G fashion experience that awakens all the senses for the audience through accompanying technological effects. It includes spatial audio, haptic feedback, a 46-metre projection the length of the runway, and an array of aromas, for a mesmerising experience that reflects the designers’ inspirations.

The finale will culminate in an empty catwalk as Aboah’s 5G fuelled digital model walks out in the last outfit of the show. Those with a 5G handset will be able to witness this world-first through the device, alongside all the visual, sensory and sound effects.
Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: “Today we are celebrating what is possible through 5G with a showcase of our ultra-fast 5G capabilities marking the next step in our 5G journey. The breath-taking, immersive audience experience is something that’s never been done before and we are proud to demonstrate it at such a prestigious global event. 5G is set to change the world for all of us and we can’t wait for our customers to start experiencing it.”

Three is set up to be the fastest 5G network in the country; Three’s customers will benefit from the vast 5G capacity and speeds that only Three can offer, enabling the best 5G experience possible. Three will provide peak mobile speeds of up to 2x faster than other telco operators due to its substantial 5G spectrum holding. All of Three’s new and existing customers will have access to 5G with no speed caps and at no extra cost on all contract, SIM-only and PAYG mobile plans.

The 5G enabled locations are listed below:

Aberdeen
Abingdon-on-Thames
Aldershot
Balloch
Barrow-in-Furness
Basildon
Bath
Bedford
Birkenhead
Birmingham
Blackpool
Borehamwood
Bradford
Brighton
Bristol
Brookmans Park
Cannock
Cardiff / Caerdydd
Chatham
Clayton-le-Woods
Coventry
Crawley
Cullingworth
Doncaster
Dundee
Glasgow
Gorebridge
Grimsby
Guildford
Heanor
Hedge End
Hemel Hempstead
Huddersfield
Inchinnan
Ipswich
Leeds
Leicester
Leyland
Liverpool
London
Lower Stondon
Luton
Maidstone
Manchester
Motherwell
Neston
Newquay
Nottingham
Nuneaton
Peterborough
Plymouth
Preston
Reading
Redcar
Royston
Sheffield
Shelly Green
Slough
St Albans
Sunderland
Swadlincote
Swansea / Abertawe
Swindon
Westhoughton
Wickford
Wigan

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Samsung Galaxy S20 series available to pre-order at Vodafone https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s20-series-available-to-pre-order-at-vodafone https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s20-series-available-to-pre-order-at-vodafone#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 20:48:24 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4011 The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 5G, S20+ 5G and S20 Ultra 5G are now available to pre-order at Vodafone UK.

Pre-order the S20+ 5G or S20 Ultra 5G before 8th March and claim a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ worth £159. Customers who trade in their old Samsung Galaxy (S8 and above) or Samsung Note (Note 8 and above) can get £15 off each month for the duration of your contract (£360 in total). What’s more, customers can pre-order the S20 5G for the same price as the S20 (4G) and gain access to Vodafone’s faster, more reliable and responsive 5G service.

Commentary from Ben Wood, chief of research, CCS Insight

Galaxy S20 Family

“Samsung is continuing its metronomic updates to its Galaxy flagship devices with the S20 family. The challenge, which it faces together with all other smartphone makers, is how to stand out from the endless stream of similar-looking black touchscreen rectangles. The support for 5G across all three variants of the S20 line up is a key element, ensuring customers are getting a future-proof purchase and the camera certainly stands out, particularly on the Flagship S20 Ultra.”

“Samsung has definitely stepped up when it comes to camera capabilities on the new S20 line-up. In some areas, such as the zoom capabilities it is merely in catch-up mode with some of its Chinese rivals who have been using stacked periscope zoom modules for a while. However, little touches such as the Single Take mode, the smoothness of the zoom as you multiply the magnification and also the window-in-window viewfinder when you are taking pictures at 30x zoom and more are innovations where Samsung should be applauded.”

“Samsung has a unique window of opportunity with these new products. Arch-rival Huawei is still encumbered by being on the US Entity List and Apple lacks a 5G variant of the iPhone. It can position the Galaxy S20 family as the ultimate Android smartphone that also delivers a future-proof purchase given the support for 5G, 8K video and an advanced camera. At a time when people are typically keeping their smartphones for three years or more, it is a strong marketing message.”

All the new Samsung Galaxy S20 devices can be teamed with one of Vodafone’s ground-breaking unlimited 5G data plans. Pick up a new Samsung Galaxy handset with unlimited data from:

 

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 (4G) – for £60 per month (plus £29 upfront cost)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G – for £60 per month (plus £29 upfront cost)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G – for £68 per month (plus £29 upfront cost)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G – for £78 per month (plus £29 upfront cost)

 

Thanks to Vodafone’s ‘12 Month Upgrade Promise’, customers can upgrade their new Samsung Galaxy S20 device to any handset in 12 months’ time with no early upgrade fee. In addition, customers who pre-order their device by 8th March will receive it on the 10th March – 3 days ahead of the launch.

 

A Vodafone Entertainment Partner is the perfect match for unlimited data and a new Samsung Galaxy handset. Customers on selected pay monthly plans can choose between Spotify Premium, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass for an extra fee. And with VeryMe – Vodafone’s loyalty programme – customers can also enjoy a wide range of exclusive rewards and discounts. Over 3 million customers are already using VeryMe and enjoying weekly treats, rewards and discounts.

 

All four models will be available in the 128GB variant and in Cosmic Grey. The S20 5G is also available in Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink, and the S20+ 5G and S20 Ultra 5G in Cosmic Black. The S20 Ultra 5G is also available with 512GB of storage in Cosmic Grey.

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ihateironing spreads the Valentine’s Day love with 25% off https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/ihateironing-spreads-the-valentines-day-love-with-25-off https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/ihateironing-spreads-the-valentines-day-love-with-25-off#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:52:32 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4009 Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you are a single pringle or in a long term relationship – you are probably doing something this Friday.

ihateironing is helping us all to get date-night ready with a beautifully pressed 25% off dry cleaning. From home or work, easily organise the collection of your Valentine’s Day outfit and like magic, it will be redelivered, dry cleaned within 24h.

If you’re on a first date the pressure’s on to make the right impression. Or, if you’ve been together a while, it’s important you make the effort to show you care.

Often too much planning can add to the stress of trying to make everything perfect and this year it’s anticipated that over 30% of Brits* will opt for a home-cooked meal over an expensive night out.

But, low-key shouldn’t mean less effort. Looking sharp doesn’t have to cost the earth and with nearly half (47.75%) of Brits** claiming their views on buying new clothes have changed over the last year, this year it should all be about finding something you already have that you feel great in and making sure it’s Valentine’s Day ready.

Book a slot with www.ihateironing.com to secure your pick-up and delivery slots in time for Valentine’s Day. Use the code VAL2020 to get 25% off your date night dry clean.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 lite now available from Vodafone UK https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s10-lite-now-available-from-vodafone-uk https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s10-lite-now-available-from-vodafone-uk#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:34:35 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4006 The Samsung Galaxy S10 lite with a state-of-the-art triple camera set-up (48MP, 12MP & 5MP), a crisp 6.7-inch AMOLED screen and a huge 4,500mAh battery life is now available at Vodafone UK (www.vodafone.co.uk).

 

Customers can purchase the device on one of Vodafone’s new unlimited plans:

 

  • Vodafone Unlimited Max: For £55 per month (£29 upfront cost), it gives users unlimited data at speeds as fast as the device and the network will allow. It is perfect for people wanting to take advantage of the latest technology – such as live virtual reality – watching live TV and sport in 4K with ultra-high-definition (HD), real-time multiplayer gaming on the go or downloading boxsets in super quick time.
  • Vodafone Unlimited: For £51 per month (£29 upfront cost), it offers speeds of up to 10 Mbps, making it ideal for customers who want to video stream over Standard Definition or High Definition without worrying about their data usage.
  • Vodafone Unlimited Lite: For £48 per month (£29 upfront cost), it offers speeds of up to 2 Mbps. This service is aimed at users who want to chat on social apps, browse the internet and stream music.

A Vodafone Entertainment Partner is the perfect match for unlimited data and your new Samsung Galaxy S10 lite. Customers on selected pay monthly plans can choose between Spotify Premium, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass for an extra fee.

 

What’s more, with VeryMe – Vodafone’s loyalty programme – customers can also enjoy a wide range of exclusive rewards, treats and discounts. Over 3 million customers are already using VeryMe and enjoying these weekly.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 lite

£48 per month, (£29 upfront cost)

(including unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and unlimited data)

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HUAWEI Set to Launch the Mate 30 Pro in the UK https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/huawei-set-to-launch-the-mate-30-pro-in-the-uk https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/huawei-set-to-launch-the-mate-30-pro-in-the-uk#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:22:36 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=4000 Huawei today announced that the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro will launch in the UK later this month exclusively with Carphone Warehouse. Setting new standards in every area from aesthetic design through to hardware engineering and software innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is the pinnacle of mobile technological development.  Benefiting from Huawei’s 32-years of expertise in communication technologies and a decade in design innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 looks and performs like no other smartphone. Inspired by the design principle of minimalism, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro showcases the perfect example of how aesthetic design fuses with technology.

Its unique, iconic OLED HUAWEI Horizon Display offers an immersive viewing experience, while the Kirin 990 SoC – affords unrivalled levels of performance and efficiency. A revolutionary integrated quad-camera includes the SuperSensing Cine Camera, a dual main camera system designed for amazing photographic and video graphic results, while the HUAWEI SuperCharge and EMUI10 offer long-lasting battery life for heavy mobile users and enhanced user experience. Anson Zhang, Managing Director of the UK Consumer Business Group, Huawei, said: “We are delighted to bring the Mate 30 Pro, a device which unleashes the full potential of the smartphone, to the UK. Huawei prides itself on delivering stand-out experiences for our customers – and the Mate 30 Pro is the ultimate expression of that philosophy, re-defining what is possible on a smartphone.”  

Rethink Design: Futuristic iconic handset

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro builds upon the aesthetic of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series with a futuristic design that is sure to make a lasting impression. With an ultra-narrow notch design and the thinnest of bezels, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro features the HUAWEI Horizon Display, which curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area to provide an unparalleled, edge-to-edge immersive viewing experience.

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro introduces the Intuitive Side-touch Interaction the side volume buttons with invisible virtual keys users to customise the volume key position on either side of the device and makes HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro the most integrated, all-in-one design smartphone currently available. Together, HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-Screen Fingerprint provide high levels of biometric security and convenience.

Turn the device over and the iconic ring design of the quad-camera system immediately stands out, surrounded by a metallic ‘halo’. Mirroring the design of a DSLR camera and designed to be held comfortably, the beautiful HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro makes the user the focus of the crowd, attracting all the attention. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology to deliver high-quality audio through a sound-emitting display.

Rethink Performance The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is powered by the HUAWEI Kirin 990 series chipset, Huawei’s most sophisticated smartphone chipset launched to date. The HUAWEI Kirin 990 challenges the limits of silicon-based physics by incorporating a three-level power-efficient architecture for the CPU, Huawei’s self-developed Da Vinci NPU architecture (large dual-NPU + tiny NPU cores) as well as a supersised 16-core GPU to deliver super-fast performance and high-power efficiency.  The HUAWEI Mate 30 sports a large battery of 4500mAh and with TÜV Rheinland certified wired and wireless Huawei SuperCharge Technology, the 27W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge and the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge provide users safe and fast charging, while wired and wireless in-car charging and a wired power bank ensure a seamless experience across all scenarios. Additionally, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro provides upgraded reverse wireless charging bringing users a quick and convenient way to recharge other devices.

Rethink Photography and Videography – SuperSensing Cine Camera for Stunning Images and Videos

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro sports a revolutionary quad-camera system with the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.  The SuperSensing Cine Camera is a Dual-main camera system capable of taking stunning photos that rival high-end cameras. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps. It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also offers pro-bokeh capabilities while recoding for professional-looking results. Additionally, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSensing Camera which attracts 40% more lights to deliver stunning results in low light conditions with an impressive light sensitivity of ISO409600, making it the best low light one-shot device ever even for ultra-wide shots. The 8MP HUAWEI Telephoto Camera offers 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + AI Stabilisation (AIS) and 3D Depth Sensing, complete the package making the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro the most capable handset for smartphone photography and videography available to consumers. A front-facing 3D Depth Sensing Camera delivers pro-bokeh effects with accurate depth-of-field information for selfies and portraits.

Rethink Interaction: A Faster, Safer and More Engaging Experience

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro features a range of new features that deliver an amazingly smooth and engaging user experience: ·

EMUI10 operating system featuring a contemporary magazine inspired layout, Always-On-Display (AOD) was the colour of the lock screen changes throughout the day; ·

Dark Mode brings enhanced legibility making the screen look gentler and more comfortable when night falls;·

Intuitive Side-touch Interaction to customise invisible virtual keys for volume adjustment, gaming and camera set-up as well as being ideal for both right and left-handed users; ·

AI gesture control for contactless screen interaction, whereas AI Auto-Rotate and AI Private View are all designed to improve users experience;·

HiCar smart travel for advanced, seamless connectivity between the device and a car’s communication and entertainment system;·

Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to transfer data and control multiple screens between Huawei devices;·

HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-screen Fingerprint to provide advanced data security and privacy protection with (HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro only);·

Memory: 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage·

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro supports Huawei Mobile Services and Huawei AppGallery.

The rapidly expanding marketplace for apps, Huawei AppGallery delivers a wide variety of apps users use on a daily basis, including a variety of services for gaming, productivity, and video content.

Colours, Pricing and Availability

The 6.53-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (RRP £899) will launch in Space Silver exclusively with Carphone Warehouse. Pre-registration will open on 11th February and will launch on 20th February. Customers who purchase a Mate 30 Pro will also receive a bundled HUAWEI Watch GT 2 (46mm Black Sport Edition) and a pair of HUAWEI Freebuds 3 (White) – while stocks last. This promotion is organised and administered by Carphone Warehouse.

To pre-register, please visit: www.carphonewarehouse.com/huawei/register-your-interest-mate-30-pro.html

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Review of the Honor Magic Watch 2 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/review-of-the-honor-magic-watch-2 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/review-of-the-honor-magic-watch-2#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:55:19 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=3995 The Honor Magic Watch 2 has built-in GPS and a heart-rate monitor and offers an impressive range of sports modes including running, cycling and even open water and triathlon thanks to its 50m water-resistance. Leave it on at night, and it’ll also track your sleep in impressive detail, scoring your sleep pattern out of 100.

Because it comes with a microphone and speaker, you can answer phone calls on the Magic Watch 2 when you’re in range of your phone. Sadly, though, there’s no cellular version of the watch, and there’s also no NFC, so you can’t make contactless payments from your wrist. Because it runs LiteOS, there are also none of the Google apps you’ll find on the Huawei Watch 2.

Price
Honor Magic Watch 2 is available for £159 via Amazon UK, John Lewis and many more places.

Design
The Watch GT 2’s design doesn’t differ drastically from its predecessor and that’s a good thing. Its stainless steel and plastic casing look great with sporty silicone straps, making it a watch that you can wear for any occasion.

It’s comfortable, too. With the larger model weighing only 41g without the strap and measuring 11.7mm thick, it’s 22g lighter than the equivalent-sized Samsung Galaxy Watch and 1.3mm slimmer.

One significant change is that the Watch GT 2 now has a bezel-less design. That’s more obvious on the smaller 42mm model, while the 46mm sample has second and minute markers printed around the edge of its glass front. Regardless of which size you choose, though, there are two crown-style buttons on the right edge; one of these opens the app list while the other can be customised to a function of your choice.

At the centre of everything is the watch’s always-on AMOLED screen. On the larger model, it’s a 1.39in 454 x 454 resolution panel, while the smaller watch has a 1.2in 390 x 390 resolution screen. With colours looked punchy with excellent contrast levels and the resolution is such that you can easily make out every minute detail on the device’s intricate heart-rate graphs.

Notification delivery is another area where the Honor Magic Watch 2 could be a little better. Although alerts normally appear in a timely manner with a vibration, there’s no option to interact with them in any meaningful way. That means for the likes of emails you’ll have to make do with just reading the subject line and, for messages, there’s no option to send canned responses, so you’ll always have to reach for your phone to reply. But this can easily be fixed with a software update

Fitness features and mobile app
Not everything about the software is bad, though. The smartwatch’s accompanying Huawei Health app, for instance, works very well. As with most such apps, it’s here that you see all your important metrics at a glance, including step counts, exercise, heart rate and sleep data.

Delve a little deeper, however, and you’ll uncover hidden depths. Sleep tracking, for instance, is especially impressive with Huawei Health providing a single overall score for your sleep, accompanied by a breakdown of time spent in deep sleep, light sleep and REM sleep. For each category, the app tells you what the normal range is and, if you’re having trouble hitting your targets there are heaps of tips telling you how you might improve.

Stress tracking is similarly detailed, showing charts for the last day, week, month or year accompanied by short canned summaries. Likewise, the Huawei Health app gives you no end of data to sink your teeth into when reviewing workouts you’ve recorded from the watch, from pace and heart rate info to average cadence and stride length, in the case of outdoor running.
Where many fitness wearables stop at heart rate zones and charts, the Huawei Health app helps you try to interpret your workout data by giving you scores for aerobic and anaerobic training effect as well as advising you how long you need to leave for recovery before your next workout.

If you’re new to running there’s plenty to help you out, too. From the mobile app and the watch itself, you can browse a range of running plans which take you through structured workouts to help you improve your fitness.

To elaborate, although you can link the watch with Google Fit and MyFitnessPal, there are no apps from Strava, Nike, Runkeeper or Runtastic, as you find on other platforms. That in itself isn’t a total disaster but there’s no option from the mobile app to export your workouts as GPX files or similar, either, and nor is there an accompanying web site where you can do so. As such, any running or cycling you track will remain locked largely within the Huawei Health app.

Performance and battery life

Honor claims the larger 46mm Watch GT 2 can last up to two weeks between charges and that feels pretty close to what you’ll achieve in the real world. After five days of using the watch with its “real-time” heart-rate monitoring switched on, and the always-on lock screen enabled for one of those days, it showed 40% battery remaining. Switch the heart-rate monitoring to “smart” and pick more conservative display settings, and it’s not difficult to see it stretching beyond ten days between charges.

Naturally, if you use GPS regularly, the battery will drain faster than if you don’t use it at all, but again Honor’s claims are impressive on this front. According to the manufacturer, the 46mm Magic Watch 2 will last for 30 hours of continuous GPS recording, while the 42mm model will still last 15 hours between charges.

Verdict
The Magic Watch 2 has superb sports-tracking credentials for its price. As well as logging an impressive number of activities and offering handy insights into your workouts, stress, sleep, it’ll emphatically outlast any WearOS device and the Apple Watch when it comes to battery life.
There’s no option to export any of your workout data to other platforms, that’s something we’ve seen in the past with Huawei devices, and it’s something the company needs to fix in order to compete with fitness wearables from other manufacturers.
If Honor were to put this right, one could forgive the fact it has no app store of its own, the Honor Magic Watch 2 is an amazing fitness Smart Watch out there.

4.5 out of 5

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Valentines deals for the HONOR MagicWatch 2 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/valentines-deals-for-the-honor-magicwatch-2 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/valentines-deals-for-the-honor-magicwatch-2#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:25:31 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=3988 To celebrate St Valentine’s Day,  HONOR has announced a limited-time offer that means their innovative MagicWatch 2 (46mm) will be available for £139.99 between the 7th – 16th February 2020 via Amazon UK. Furthermore, HONOR will be announcing the extension of their range to include the MagicWatch 2 in (42mm).

The tongue in cheek video below sees Luca travel in time and perform a series of romantic magic tricks to impress his love interest in time for Valentine’s Day. The tricks were specially created by the star illusionist to showcase the HONOR MagicWatch 2’s capabilities, including its superior battery life, which can last for up to 14 days between charges, ultra-clear AMOLED touchscreen display, heart rate monitor and more.

Luca, who has been fascinated by magic since the age of 6, took the industry by storm after launching his business as a magician aged just 18. Determined to take his talents to a bigger stage, Luca began creating viral videos online in 2018 and has since rocketed to stardom. Now aged 23, the illusionist has racked up over 9 million avid fans and 3 billion video views online, and he has performed to Hollywood giants and royalty all around the world.

 

We challenged Luca to create a series of tricks that would allow us to demonstrate the HONOR MagicWatch 2’s advanced features and functionality and we’re thrilled with the results. By blending sleight of hand with our innovative technology, Luca has managed to travel in time, achieving awe-inspiring results that quite literally get hearts racing,” said George Zhao, President of HONOR.

 

“Creating bespoke and unique magic content is something my team and I relish, but it’s also important that we truly believe in the product and brand we work with. As soon as I started using the HONOR MagicWatch 2, I loved it. The look is slick and smart. The length of the battery life is like a magic trick in itself,” said Luca Gallone.

The MagicWatch 2 (46mm), is an innovative timepiece that has up to 14-days battery life enabled by its Kirin A1 chipset, intelligent and well-thought fitness and health monitoring technologies, and customised clock faces. With all these functions packed in one, the brand-new HONOR MagicWatch 2 (46mm) is available in Charcoal Black.

“MagicWatch 2 (46mm) is another great example of the strength of product being produced by HONOR at this time, and at this reduced price, it’s a great option as Valentine’s gift,” says Olivier Dobo, UK Marketing Director.

 

HONOR MagicWatch 2 (46mm) will be part of this limited-time offer for purchase from 7th – 16th February at selected retailers, including Amazon. The retail price will be £139.99 between. (original price £159.99).

HONOR extends MagicWatch 2 range with the introduction of a 42mm model in Agate black

On 10th Feb, HONOR will add the next model to their innovative MagicWatch 2 range, with the introduction of a 42mm model, available in Agate black. This smaller size watch-face boasts a 1.2-inch AMOLED display (390 x 390 pixels) and features a 7-day battery life.

 

The Honor MagicWatch 2 (42mm) also incorporates several key features that focus on fitness, sleep-optimisation and day-to-day features that improve the user experience. See more information below:

 

15 fitness modes to be your trusted work-out companion

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 (42mm) supports 15 goal-based fitness modes including 8 outdoor and 7 indoor sports, from outdoor modes like running, hiking, cycling and triathlons to indoor pool swimming, free training and rowing machine, complemented with built-in GPS.

 

Advanced healthcare monitoring to be your wellness advisor

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 (42mm) also redefines healthcare tracking by incorporating three industry-leading technologies to introduce real-time, accurate and informative health advice and insights to help users to live healthier and improve quality of life in various aspects. Using TruSeen 3.5 technology with a built-in AI algorithm, the watch can monitor your heart rate throughout the entire day, even whilst swimming.

 

Equipped with HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 technology, you can precisely track and diagnose 6 common types of sleep disorders and provide over 200 corresponding suggestions tailored to your sleeping habit to improve your sleep quality. You can also detect your stress level when you’re feeling tense and can follow the suggested breathing exercises to get some peace of mind with the support of HUAWEI TruRelax technology.

Smart features to be your intelligent assistant

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 (42mm) To further improve your user experience, push notifications from SMS messages, emails and your calendar are all displayed on the screen when the smartwatch is connected to your phone. Built-in apps including Weather, Alarm, Timer, Find My Phone and more are also available for easy access.

Mr George Zhao, President of HONOR, said: “HONOR’s fans are incredibly active and dynamic. They enjoy wearable devices which not only enrich their lives but also express their personal styles. HONOR Watch is designed with their demands in mind. Beyond the fashionable design and vivid colours, HONOR Watch offers a high-definition touch screen, long battery life, high level of water-resistance and sophisticated fitness and health applications, satisfying their needs in all aspects of daily life.”

The newly available MagicWatch 2 (42mm), available in an Agate Black will be available from 10th February, with a retail price of £149.99, available at selected retailers, including Amazon and John Lewis with more to be announced.

 

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VeryMe Valentine’s Day offers from Vodafone https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/veryme-valentines-day-offers-from-vodafone https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/veryme-valentines-day-offers-from-vodafone#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:00:21 +0000 https://TechNewsCentury.co.uk/?p=3984 Vodafone is offering free treats this Valentine’s Day as part of its rewards scheme, VeryMe Rewards.

Those who love to stay in will be able to claim a free bottle of prosecco from Majestic between 00:01 on February 10th  to 23:59 on February 13th. The first 30,000 bottles of prosecco to give away, customers will need to visit a participating Majestic store and show their unique code live in the app to claim their reward.

To further spread the love this Valentine’s Day customers will be able to redeem a free Greggs sweet treat as part of #FeelGoodFriday. Every VeryMe customer will be able to claim the reward between 00:01 – 23:59 on 14th February, which includes a Jammy Heart Biscuit. All they need to do is show their code live in the app at their local Greggs store.

 

Finally, customers can bag a date night deal at the big screen with two adult tickets for £7 at over 85 Vue venues across the UK.

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